Originally I was to attend the performance with a friend of mine. However, she had to change her ticket last minute and I was stuck going alone. At first, I was disappointed that I had to go by myself, but while I was sitting watching the play I found it to be a blessing in disguise. I heard many people conversing about the play during the intermission, and I think that it took away each person's individual experience. By being alone I was able to draw from the play my own feelings and conclusions without the intrusion of another's thoughts.
Now, before I attended I knew some information about the performance. We were given some background information in class, and I did see the play after most of my friends. I went in with a good deal of knowledge of Sarah Bernhardt, but also of how the play brought up the issues of the Catholic Church during this time. However, I did not realize just how deep the performance went into these issues. I came to the theatre with the mindset of watching and enjoying, but I left having cried at least twice in the performance. The one thing that stuck out to me the most was that everyone in the play was trying to find their place. Whether it be Talbot trying to become a priest to forget his past and do better for his family or Madeleine who was dabbling in a dangerous life to find some happiness that has seemed to escape her. All of these characters, just like the students at this university, were muddling through trying different methods to find their "good life".